Farnborough Hill has announced that Alexandra Neil will take over as the school’s headmistress from September. Alex is currently the Deputy Head at Rye St Antony School, an independent Roman Catholic boarding and day school in Oxford.
Alex was educated at Gordonstoun School and holds a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics from the University of Southampton, a PGCE from Christ Church College Canterbury and a Masters in Education from Oxford Brookes University.
Alex began her career as teacher of History and Politics at St Mary’s School, Wantage in 1996. During her tenure there she worked her way up the ranks to become Head of History, Head of Year, Head of Humanities and Senior Mistress. She has been Deputy Head at Rye St Antony School since 2007.
Alex said: “I am thrilled to be leading such an excellent school. Farnborough Hill combines outstanding pastoral care, a holistic approach to education and excellent academic and extra-curricular achievements and opportunities for all its girls. This ethos chimes with my belief in the value of each individual and my deep commitment to developing the skills and talents of each person. I am a great advocate of an education with a spiritual centre due to the value of the cohesive community that it creates, built out of diversity, allowing tolerance and understanding to flourish.”